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'm dick carter. >>> celebrating the fourth under a watchful eye. baltimore city police wife up patrols. no sneak has more on how the night went. >> reporter: most of the crowds are already gone. not too long ago, these walkways were packed with people, and among them were a love of baltimore city police officer. their job was to keep things safe and they seem to have done that. >> reporter: hundreds of thousands of eyes fixated on the sky over the inner harbor as fireworks lit up the night. >> that was a big one. >> my little kids love watching it. it make mess happy to see them happy. >> reporter: the massive crowds only adding to the excitement and patriotic energy of the show. but mixed in with the clutches of people were hundreds of baltimore city police officers. their job was to keep this celebration violence free. last year, several fights broke out and a 4-year-old was hit by a stray bullet. >> reporter: the security started with these new barriers. >> reporter: all police officer are now in uniform to make sure their presence is known. >> we have the ground forces, and earl su
asphalt and a huge hole, damage caused by the break in the 20-inch water main. >> baltimore city records show they installed as water main back in 1889. >> 1889? that was quiet and long time ago. >> as the city public works department works on fixing this, you never know when the line is going to explode. >> the problem may not happen again for another century. the water main break created chaos for some businesses and they remained sought -- shut for much of tuesday. >> the lady from the health department says we do not have water so we could not be open. we had to shut down. >> they shut you down? >> they shut us down. >> installing temporary pipes, they're working to get the water flowing to buildings. this manager said it was a perfect opportunity to offer a water main break specials. >> we have a lot of people just coming by to check it out. we're hoping to get extra business from the workers that are around here. the impact on transportation is tremendous. these are two major city blocks. traffic officers are trying to assist motorists 30 tours and changing water -- traffic problem
on that coming up at 6:00. rob roblin, wbal-tv 11 news. >> baltimore city police want to know who shot a man in the head last night killing him at the scene. 11 news is working to learn more about what happened on mickey avenue about 10:30 last night. the only thing we know is the victim's name, brandon. they have no leads i possible suspects or motive, so anyone with information should call baltimore city police. >> lawmakers joining the effort calling upon lawmakers to raise the federal minimum wage in hopes of making a around $10 an hour and by 2014. lowell melser was at city hall wary rally was held and joins us with the latest. >> right now, the federal minimum wage is $7.25 which comes out to $15,000 per year. earlier today, baltimore lawmakers were pledging and calling out for raising the rate. >> ladies and gentlemen, we're here today to demand that congress pass the rebuild america act which would raise the federal minimum wage for nearly 30 million american workers. >> tuesday, baltimore city council president flanked by other leaders including the mayor calling out on washington t
. >>> here's what people will be talking about today. a baltimore city firefighter accused of running an online prostitution ring. this isn't his first time facing these types of charges. mike schuh has the latest on this case. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. it was a year and a half ago when that city firefighter faced similar charges and at that time he was given probation. >> inside this warehouse in west baltimore police say 29-year-old jamar simmons and 33-year-old franklin coit were running an online prostitution ring. >> i can't imagine anything scandalous one going on in here. >> it turns out simmons is a baltimore city fireman. he was arrested monday. >> we found handgun, ammo, marijuana and various ljers and documents -- ledgers and documents that would suggest an online prostitution and human trafficking operation was being conducted from the location. >> simmons had a similar run in with the law back in 2010. court records show baltimore city police arrested him for human trafficking and prostitution but most of the charges were dropped, he ended up with a year of
burst around this bastion. >> how far is ft. mchenry from the city of baltimore itself? >> baltimore really is right outside our gate, but during the war of 1812, it was a good mile and a half, so this was really outside the city, but it was the key. it was the linchpin. it was the main defensive work that stood between the city of baltimore and the might of the royal navy. >> our guest is vince vaise, chief of interpretation of ft. mchenry just outside of baltimore. he's with the national park service and we ask you to call in with your questions, on the war of 1812. 202-737-0001 if you're in the eastern or central time zones, 202-737-0002 for mountain and pacific. vince vaise, as a stand there on the ramparts as you call them, tell us about the battle itself. how long did it last? how did it begin, and how long did it last? >> yeah. the battle was actually critical because from the angle you're filming me behind me is south, and on two weeks before the battle, you could see a glow in the sky. that was when the british captured our capital, washington, d.c., and burned the governmen
the federal minimum wage for nearly 30 million american workers. >> tuesday, baltimore city council president flanked by other baltimore leaders including the mayor calling on washington to raise the federal minimum wage. it was part of a national effort to urge lawmakers to approve the proposed rebuild america act which would give a paid raised to people like bruce who lost his $13 an hour job and now works for minimum wage in telemarketing. >> every month, we have to make a decision on paying a bill, paying rent, or having food for the children. >> it is based on the minimum wage proposal which would raise the federal minimum wage by 85 cents per year for three years capping at about $10 in 2014. in 2015, it would adjust to keep pace with the rising cost of living and would raise the minimum wage for other employees. they feel it would help struggling baltimore residents and other cities rebuild economically. >> to have to enroll in public service, social services to get food, clothing drives to get your kids' clothes. you have to go to school supply drive to get your kid's school supplies.
with extensive first warning weather coverage. we're going to begin in baltimore city where thousands remain in the dark tonight four days after the storm. >> reporter: seven people in maryland are now reported dead in the aftermath of the storm, including four heat-related deaths and tonight 800 more crews from across north america have arrived to help with massive problems like this one. >> right there. >> right in between. >> reporter: look closely and you can see westbrook's car underneath this massive tree. he was driving on rogers avenue when it landed on top of him. >> the tree surrounding all four of my doors, crashed through my back window, and i couldn't get out. >> reporter: crews had to pry him out. now power crews are trying to disentangle his car from the tree and get the lights back on in these hot homes. >> we've been surviving as much as possible. >> reporter: high heat combined with no ac has taken a deadly turn. >> i've never seen a storm like this. >> reporter: two heat-related deaths have been reported in baltimore city. the mayor fighting to get more utility crews in th
week begins in baltimore city and linda so is live at cafe city in mount vernon. you have been whipping things up all morning for us. what are you bringing back to us? >> reporter: yes, i am going to taste in. >> have you tasted it. >> reporter: hold on a second. but first, tons of restaurant you ken joy. great -- you can enjoy and tons of food and thanks for joining us. so, a lot of restaurants participating this year. >> we have 96 restaurants participating including city cafe. they -- we have a full website so you can search for restaurant by menu or quiz seen type or neighborhood -- cuisine type or neighborhood. there will be pricing information and you can make reservations and figure out how to park or take public transit. >> reporter: and two main price points. >> dinner 20.12 or 30.12 and two course lunch for 15.12. >> reporter: and chef you have been a great sport cook this great stuff. you've impressive menu for restaurant week. >> yeah. absolutely. not only from the four appetizers five entrees and three desserts to choose from. you can't go wrong with it. >> reporter: and yo
in baltimore city and surrounding counties. these centers will be be opened from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. now each center will have cool air and free water. baltimore city housing has opened two shelters overnight for people without power. just giving them a place to stay. we are under a code red heat alert through today and health officials recommend you remember to drink plenty of water or juice, avoid alcohol and caffeine and wear light colored clothing. during the extreme heat check on your senior citizens as well. make sure they are safe. you can log onto abc2news.com for a complete list of the cooling centers and we have information here and we have the address and telephone numbers for you so you know where to go. and that's all located on the home page. sherrie johnson, abc2 news. >>> more crews are arriving in maryland bringing the total up to a level it was after hurricane irene last year. for a lot of people, that's not good enough. angela says she he lost power friday night along with her entire neighborhood in randallstown and can't remember how many times she says she called bge and
today that will help baltimore city police fight crime. it will allow police to identify camera systems in close proximity to crime scenes. >> it will help to further reduce crimes in our neighborhood. >> she think the foundation for the grant helping to make this possible. >> the governor and house speaker met with the city to air out concerns about expanding gambling in the state. to city hall for the latest. >> the meeting lasted about 90 minutes at city hall. the delegation is a big voting bloc and they wanted assurances a sixth casino won't harm the city or its residents. no horse trading for votes, just the facts. the casino opens in prince george's county, what can be done to help baltimore from losing complete revenues to put toward the property-tax rate? >> you have provisions to make sure the city and county are held harmless in terms of local share. >> the local share is revenue used to offset the cost of hosting a casino. on the table is increasing baltimore city posture by 5%. >> we want to put it in a collective pot for anne arundel and baltimore city and to divided up so
supply. home sales are trending up according to real estate data across the state. baltimore city is saying the biggest gains in value. prices have increased more than 46%. quex in as good news for all of us whether we own a home or not. it is good news for our jobs and good news for our economy. >> the governor's housing secretary and a city commissioner credited statewide initiatives. they did it in front of the east baltimore home of brandyon lurie. >> things are headed in the right direction. >> the new state initiatives including 1% interest. the targeted areas initiative offers a 2.8% cite rate. -- 2.8% rate. >> taking actions we know will work to protect and promote home ownership. >> the upward trend also boils down to more demand for houses and less supply. as homeowners poorhouses of the market to rent them. >> we're seeing a pullback and the supply of housing that forces people who would like to buy a house to be not so much a buyer's market for -- but perhaps a seller's market. >> the state received more economic it is this afternoon. all three bond rating agencies hav
, noonoohing. didn't nobody say anything about it."pam carter, city of baltimore housing: 29.18 "it pit a lot of us by surprise, the major damage. i guess we didn't exppcc it tt be this muc" much."the city is asking everyone o spread the word that there is help.we'll have updates for you on our show... but for those people wwthout cable... we'll also be posting we'll also be without cable... we'll also be posting information oo our website and the shelters are still open today.i'm megaa gilliland, fox45 mmrning news. a fourth person is dead... due to the heat. the state health department says the baltimore man was over 65 years old.three offthe four deaths were people over 65... anddthe health department is warning people to be careful and seek area cooling stations. one of the hardest it still underway.ere clean up is - underway.days after the storm... residents of chinquapin parkway are dealing with a major mess.fallen trees still sitting on hhuses.... cars crushed bb branches. neighbors say they've tried tt remove the ddbris themselves... but some limbs are just too big... and all
: a 12-year veteran with the baltimore city fire department, simmons was arrested monday. wjz has learned he had been arrested for human trafficking and prostitution back in 2010 but was never charged. >> as of this moment, he has been suspended without bay -- pay. and we will begin our preliminary investigation into this situation. >> reporter: police also seized several computers, flash drives, condoms, and sex toys, from inside the warehouse. ian knoll runs a business on the ground floor. >> i never thought for a second that anything of this type of magnitude would be taking place. not here. >> reporter: 33-year-old franklin coit, a convicted felon, is also charged with running a prostitution ring and after-hours club. he, too, was arrested for the same charges in 2010. >> reporter: we've learned that simmons has been taken to central booking. he faces a number of state charges before the federal charges. and those in themselves include human trafficking, gun charges and of course those prostitution charges. live at city police headquarters, i'm jessica kartalija, wjz eyewitness news.
in northwest baltimore city and northwest baltimore county. last night's storm knocked down trees that knocked out part of the sanitation system. people in those areas tonight are still being urged to conserve water. >> it takes a lot of time to refill those tanks, so people who start getting water in the southern part of the system, areas like pikesville, they need to refrain from using that water. >> that's kurt cokier with bpw. he expects everything will be back in order tomorrow morning. the power problems also forced several businesses to close, including lots of gas stations in maryland, people having to hit one after another gas station that were shut down. i heard of one gas station that had a 20 minute wait for gas today, 70 cars in line at one time. all day long, viewers have been sharinging incredible videos and pictures of the storm. here's a look at more of them. >> reporter: incredible lightning and scary winds lead to widespread storm damage on the streets of maryland like this one. some trees fell on homes. this homeowner was asleep when a huge tree crashed into his bedroom roo
. here in the city of baltimore, there were tens of thousands of people without power. the city had workers knocking on doors trying to find these people and in some cases rescue them in the intense heat we had after the power went out. they are asking for a study to find out where some power lines might be buried and whether that could be helpful. the mayor knows people needed help and hoping the power companys will provide it in the future. >> with the heat continuing to rise and the length of times out power continued to lengthen, these people would need additional assistance, we were able to get that lift. our hope is moving forward we will be able to get it sooner. >> reporter: mayor asking bge to increase the number of tree trimming and limb trimming that goes on before the storm so when one hits it's not as serious. christian schaffer, abc2 news. >> was she concerned about the lack of resources or the response time? >> reporter: i think she was pleased with the level of resources put in here based on her comments. it's the people here in baltimore city without power in the h
>>> now, abc 2 news at 5:30. >>> right now, a baltimore city firefighter is charged with running an online prostitution ring. jamar marvin simmons, a 10-year veteran of the fire department, was arrested. we'll have much more coming up at 6. >>> good news tonight when it comes to the health of the chesapeake bay. according to reports, maryland is on track to meet its goals for improving the health of the bay. maryland has exceeded its cover crop goal as far as the future goals. the report says urban septic system pollution -- >>> students in baltimore are showing progress in math but not so much in reading. the state department of education results were released today. >>> we start tonight focusing on your money and the taxes that you pay. it's convenient. open 24 hours and right now it's tax-free. we're talking about online shopping. but all that tax-free shopping may soon change. >> how about organic green iced tea? >> reporter: if you buy anything from a store in washington, d.c., the sales tax is 10%. but if you bought something online from a business that doesn't have a phys
our area.in baltimore city... four school programs have been relocated. in baltimore county... eight schools are closed today. today.foo a list of affected schools.. go to foxbaltimooe dot com slash morning. 3 3 895 mmp 3 the dangerous temperatures are prompting state health officials to issueeheat advisories for all of maryland. maryland.megan gilliland is heee with ore on what you need to know to stay saae in good morning guys,we're talking about nother triple digit day... at this point... it's not just hot....it's dangerous out there. there.here ii the city... officials have extendee the code red heat alert through sunday... that meens 21- cooling centers will remain open through that time... inside you an cool down in the air conndtioninggand grab some free water. 2:08 i've been coming here cause i am a diabetic i have 3 high blood pressure and as you can see i have a water 20 22if you're not staying hydrated in this kiid of weather... heat exhaustton or heat stroke can result... potentially leading to brain &pdamageeorreven death.here aae out for... heavv sweating, muscle cr
problems continue toobe baltimore county, baltimore city... aad anne arundel county...crews have restored power to more 3 joining us now on the phone once again, is b-g-e ssokesman, rob goold.as much prrgress as your aking.... thoss last few thousand longest.... because you're getting to the tough part now. we sure hope we ddn't get more storms possibility.if ttat - happens.... that could slow more outagess areas... continues to be north e baltimoredaas after the chinquapii parkway are dealing with a majjr mess.fallen trees sttil sitting on houses.... cars crushed by branches. neighbors say they've tried o remove the ddbris thhmselves... but some limbs phey can do is wait for the city to ressond. here, and ttat wasthe day ugh pfter, whhch was saturday andd havent seen nobody since." //butt to//"where the help at, where the help at, its been five days. days. the same street is still without power... and neighbors say they're worried about some of theeolder residents wwo dont have air cooditioning. there's still a lot of repair work to be done in baltimore city...pauu gessler shows us w
. >> when asked about the upcoming baltimore grand prix, the mayor is confident the city will be able to handle the event. you can buy your tickets for the grand prix of baltimore. the new race operators announced ticket sales and introduced new ticket sponsors. andretti sports step into ever see the race. >> a local lawmaker is taking steps to shake things up. councilman bill henry introduced four bills which include charter amendments which would shrink the number of votes needed to overturn a mayoral veto and allow the council to get money to the budget if they do not approve the spending plan. >> baltimore city has a strong system of government. sometimes the council cannot do what people think the council should be able to do. retail sales are down for a third straight month as the economy seems to be slipping. brian mooar tries to answer that in the report from washington. >> >> an economic pulse check. lawmakers are quizzing ben bernanke as they get ready for an epic showdown. >> they're ready to go out on the fiscal cliff if they do not get their way. >> i will continue this d
made the 5 of the 700 reports across the area, hartford, to baltimore city. i got to facebook message in rosedale with war zone like conditions. just impressive stuff. take a look at the pictures we got in. powerlines are down and as we head towards chester town, both toppled with wind 70 miles an hour from michael. just impressive pictures. send those pictures to facebook. here's what's going on guys. we're kind of sandwiched between two weather events. dallas warning in norfolk and virginia beach. this is going to be a dangerous storm event from detroit back  towards cincinnati and columbus. does it make into the baltimore viewing area? once again, we'll answer that coming up. >>> millions are frustrated. we know you had it up to here with sweating. abc 2 news cheryl connor with a family. >> reporter: there's no cleaning up the storm at the brian house in edgewater. an accident that police say can only be blamed on matter nature took their son kevin life. >> you would have never thought you driving down the road a tree falls on you and kill you. >> reporter: parts of 25-year- ol
,000 customers without power. the majority in baltimore county, 39,000 or so. there's 30,000 in the city. you can see the numbers to our south as well. of course, it is exactly the wrong time for people to be without electricity and air-conditioning with eight straight days of temperatures above 90. the heat is aboving to be fatal for some. -- is proving to be fatal for some. our first warning weather coverage continues now with derek value value -- valcourt. >> outside it's a scorchers. inside city health offices it's heating up. >> how are you doing? we're calling our senior citizens to make sure you're doing okay. >> the city set up a bank phone calling residents over the age of 80 checking how they're handling the heat. those who don't answer may get a visit. >> we're doing everything we can to make sure that we reduce and eliminate the number of heat related deaths. >> already maryland has seen two deaths from the heat. doctors say those most at risk have underlying health problems. >> they do worse with the heat and they do worse with every day of the heat. you can see increase aring probl
to pro-active work of the baltimore city department of public works, we have gotten ahead of a potential serious matter. >> most of our large water main breaks were caused by these types that were sold across the nation four or five decades ago. >> it was this type of water main which results in some of our largest and most catastrophic failures. >> they will begin making in adjustments. if successful they will begin replacing 16-foot sections, and because of that, citizens are asked to conserve water. >> please refrain from outside watering, car washing, how oil washing, until after sunset or during the early morning hours. please do not wash clothes or dishes or do non-essential indoor cleaning with water until late in the evenings and early morning. use clothes washers and dishwashers only with full loads. we are asking you remember short showers, use less water. >> they say there is a chance there may be a potential interruption of water service. conserving water will help minimize that interruption. >> two baltimore city fire companies close today. one of the move to the 1200 block
that coming up in just a little bit. let's check traffic with baltimore city we are expecting continued delays this morning as light street is closed between east baltimore and lombard street. that's due to last week's water main break. also keeping an eye on long- term construction continuing on 895 northbound between route 2 and frank ford avenue because of bridge repairs and towards parts of 695 between route 1 and 59 minor construction. 695 live shot, pretty good looking commute. the drive times this morning again starting out pretty early. nice commute 23r 9 -- commute from 95 to 83 a 12-minute drive. another check on traffic and weather in a little bit. >>> breaking news at least 11 people are dead fog a -- following a crash in south texas. that happened in the town of goal add 100 -- goal goe lee add in -- goliad. all victims were in the same pickup truck. police are not saying how bad conditions are this morning. >>> it's 4:32. we are getting new information out of aurora colorado. that shooting that killed 12 and injured 58. james holmes sits in solitary confinement and the president
assembly to expand gambling. the governor met last week with a group of baltimore city lawmakers to discuss the idea. several delegates oppose another casino at the national harbor in prince george's county.they're worried it will take money away from a future casino in baltimore city.they say if the national harbor casino is approved... they want some of the revenue to help repair city schools. (tarrant) "we've got the oldest infrastructure in the state of maryland... because it's too hot in our classrooms."3 classrooms." our classrooms." classrooms." the governor is expected to make the announcement later this week. the maryland lottery is breaking sales record... for the á15th straight year.áwe're learning the agency generated 1-point-79 billion dollars in non- casino sales... in fiscal year 2012. it also contributed 556-million to the state's general fund also a record. that's the largest revenue ever gained by the state lottery in the agency's history. repairs continue along light street ... one week... after that massive water main break that disrupted downtown baltimo. baltimor
. >> and a couple of days, baltimore's city's top cop will be stepping down. and -- baltimore city's top couple of stepping down. >> is the commissioner announced in may that he is retiring after more than 30 years on the force. the last five, as you mentioned, as police commissioner. he is leaving behind a big shoes to fill. he got a problem with a baltimore sendoff. he threw out the first pitch at the orioles game. he says he will miss his job when he retires wednesday, but looking forward to what he will do next. >> something fun and far-less stressful. maybe my hair will grow back. i'm looking forward to it and i am anxious to get started. >> his career includes more than 30 years on the baltimore police force, the last five as commissioner. there's been a 45% drop in overall gun crime and the fewest number of homicides in 35 years. he attributes a lot of it to the change in culture. at the grass-roots activism. during his tenure, he became known as his passionate language for addressing crime in the city. >> i will not miss the opportunity to talk about bad guys with guns. for me, that has
even less than the power company. 3baltimore city fire chief &pjames clack says he may donat hii recent pay hike to charity. charity.the two percent raise givennto clacc by the mayor has come under fire---- for it's bad ttming.... while the city closes fire companies and preeiums ffr fire fighters.now plack says he will donate the raise to the baltimooe firee foundation...... if rank and given the same increase in payy in their next contract.the mayor has dfended the decrease in city fire deaths under lack's leadership. wells fargo has agreed to pay 175 million dollars to settle a pricing discrimination suit. suit.baltimore city sued the mortgage giant for subprime lending practices targeting minority neighborhoods.the lawwuit claiis they steered black and hispanic borrowers into bad loans... resulting in mass foreclosures. "iq:people with similar qualifications should be treated similarly.... oo: not the color of their skinn" skin." 3 under the landmark eal, wells fargo will pay the city 7.5 millions dollars. the rest ill go toward compensation for borrowers and direct down paymen
ahead. >>> looking forward to that. also new this morning firefighters in baltimore city were busy overnight two. two separate two alarm fires and video to show you. one affecting a historic site. came awfully close to the gas station. also this morning, a lifeguard fired for doing his job. what he did now has got other lifeguards calling him away from the scene. that story a lot of you talking about on facebook this morning. "good morning maryland." i'm charlie crowson. alongside mike masco. megan is out live this morning. >> she looks hot out there too. >> it's warm. >> but megan always looks great. >> you said it not me. >> i knew you'd run with that. >> you know we are right there. right there. >> another story by the way we're going to put on the facebook about the san diego fireworks last night. a whole 20 seconds of -- >> big bang rocket goes off. before i ever started. >> that's a good story. 79 degrees charlie. we're starting off very, very muggy and mild. take a look. and maryland's most powerful radar showing a few of the scattered showers and storms out near deep creek.
. >> baltimore city police said they tried to pull that suv driver over just because he wasn't wearing his seat belt. he slowed down and then just took off. sky eye chopper 13 over the scene as the driver fleeing police goes head onto another car on telegraph road. it didn't stop there. that suspect jumps out of the car and takes off on foot. heavily armed officers and k-9s rushed through the woods, backyards and parks. nearly an hour later, wjz is only camera on the scene, as police find the suspect siding inside a vacant home. >> pretty crazy but justice prevailed. >> ed was behind the wheel of his car when the suspect's durango swerved right into him. >> he swerved the try to avoid me, i swerved to try to avoid him and i guess our cars hit. >> the pursuit started in downtown baltimore where police say the driver sideswiped several cars and fled busting a temporary water main. when the suv hit 395 police followed by air as the driver erratically swerved along 97 south, route 100 and telegraph road before he crashed. >> that's a long ride. >> this is what's left of the durango after the crash
but moving from the southeast. so just north of baltimore city. frederick county. got move from the southern suburbs. the forecast for today, to start out we'll see a chance for thunderstorms then a mixture of clouds and it will be humid with a high of 95. we'll check your seven-day forecast in a few minutes. stay with us. >> our big story this morning remains the more than 100,000 maryland residents still without power since friday's storm. >> bg&e crews have been working around the clock to help restore power. since the power first went out on friday, bg&e has restored power to more than 580,000 customers, but there is still plenty of work to do. 11 news' jennifer franciotti is live at the staging area at b.w.i. thurgood marshall errant which is the staging area for bg&e. >> i'm standing hear with guys from the i.b.w. 1390 mike team in wilkes bury, pennsylvania. we have corey, lee and harry. how are things going out there? >> it's pretty tough. a lot of trees and wire down. >> does it pretty much look like a war zone? >> some places you go to, yes. just widespread damage. >> we have a real
, baltimore city firefighters offered refuge to kids and parents who haven't had power in five days.the annual tradition took on special &pmeaning this year. lisa davis: 1.29.43 "it's like caaping in your own house. (laughter) i'm hoping it comes on soon."clive williams: 1.20.26 "not ideal, but there you go. there are a lot worst things in liie." firefighters shut off the valves att11:300ssme people in of four days before their power will be restored. as we mentioned... thousands almost a week after the storm. hhre's a look at the latest num. numbers.accorddng to b-g-e's website... total...anne prundel county...baltimore city... baltimore county... carroll county... howard county... b-g-e crews are working powee to ttousands of customers.crews at the command center ave been working round the clock since friday.b-g-e hass alled in a team of 38- hundred people.. including reiiforcments from otherr parious storm roles.... many of them working 12 hours shifts. "iq: you think about it, they literally hit the rack.... oq: to have those types of hours." hourr."b-g-e expects to work throughoot the w
. it is trees on top of electrical wires that still dot the landscape in baltimore county, baltimore city, and several other maryland counties. 3,000 workers from bge and other states are going to hard- hit neighborhoods, trying to repair the damage and get the lights back on. sky eye chopper 13 is over crews in parkville, where you can see damage to at least one home there. wjz is live with first warning weather coverage. we'll check in with captain jeff long in sky eye chopper 13. but first, mike hellgren is in baltimore county, with updated information on repairs. mike? >> reporter: mary, unfortunately, this scene, this long after the storm, is still what it looks like in many neighborhoods. a lot of big, downed trees. you can see what the lightning and wind did to this one. this is one of those neighborhoods that is still without power. the governor says he are entering a very dangerous phase right now, because so many people have been without electricity for so long. about 150,000 bge customers are now out. and that's about 150,000 too many. >> reporter: this is new, amateur video, s
... a majority of the outages are in baltimore city. city.here's a look at the latest numbers... total- anne arundel-baltimore city- baltimore county- the damaging weather comes as more than 300 thousand people are preparing to attend artscape in the city. city. joel d. smith is live on the charles street bridge to see how the exhibits and tents survived the storm. good morning joel d. america's largest free arts festival, attracting 350,000+ attendees over three days. artscape 350,000+ attendees over arts festival, attracting 350,000+ attendees over arts festival, attracting america's largest free america's largest free arts festival, attracting 350,000+ attendees over three days. artscape artists, 3 stages... 17 generators350k one hour earlier... 3 coming up... the number of whooping cough cases is expected to hit a record high this year. we'll tell you why... and the group of people who are most at risk. and we're continuing to follow breaking news out of colorado... where a shooting at a midnight showing of the new batman movie... leaves at least 14 people dead.the latest we're learni
as the medical examiner completes more autopsies. seven of those who died live in baltimore city, three in baltimore county, and most of them were elderly men. >> reporter: the heat wave is history. fueling storms that left hundreds of thousands without power. and killing a stunning 18 people in maryland. >> the humidity is up. but the temperature is down. >> reporter: way down. but before the record heat left, it buckled pavement, including part of u.s. 50. and buckled train tracks. it even left this u.s. airways jet stuck, sunk into soft pavement. >> pure hell. really. it has been awful. >> reporter: tell me about today. >> it's heaven. i love it. i love it. >> we can walk up to the snowball stand today. >> i turned off my air conditioner. save on that electric bill. >> reporter: but with the cool front came storms that knocked out another 15,000 bge customers. >> i heard that big bang. transformer blew. wire fell down. >> reporter: the utility restored most of them. bge has three weeks to issue a full report to the public service commission on the main outages last week. that commiss
. >> so far, health officials say five people have lost their lives in baltimore city. if you think it is hot -- >> it's 120 in here,. >> they're concerned about the next few days because of the expected 100 plus temperatures. there are all of the utility workers outside. >> we are concerned about this heat wave. had 18 days of 90 degrees or more and two days 100 degrees or more. this doctor of mercy hospital says the ers' starting to fill up with patients with heat- related illnesses so it's inherently vital. >> when you start to get confused and irrational, you may be in trouble. >> city health officials say that it is a silent killer. those with conditions like heart condition or as month can get intense heat exposure. nadia ramdas, wbal-tv 11 news. over half of these residents are in baltimore county. they are restoring power to 700,000 customers. wbal radio is saying once all power is restored, they will have 21 days to report on how they managed our restoration. they will evaluate if it was possible to handle this matter. thousands of aid workers have been brought in to help w
he leads police on a pursuit from baltimore city into anne arundel county. police tried to stop 26-year-old darryl watson jr. for a seat belt violation on druid hill avenue yesterday evening. but he took off, leading police on a pursuit to the edge of baltimore city, where they called off the chase. sky team followed the car on to route 100. the car andilted on to telegraph road and centers crossed the center line and slammed into another car. officers with canine caught him in a vacant house half a mile away. >> very scary, because had i left work when i was supposed to, i could have been a part of that accident, which, thank god, i stayed at work a little late. >> police say watson was not the owner of the vehicle he was driving and was in violation of a parole warrant no. one was injured during the chase. >> we knew storms were coming last night, but the rain was awfully heavy. currently more than 7,000 customers are still without power this morning, but that's down from nearly 30,000 since the storm first hit. take a look at some of the flooding in the fells point area last nig
decades on the baltimore city police force. but now an officer is forced to resign in disgrace. mary is in the newsroom with more on this case. >> reporter: the detective and her daughter both pleaded guilty today to theft. police sayanderson undercharged her mother. as she brought groceries at this food depot. a security officer spotted what was going on and alerted managers. today, early received probation judgment. early must serve three months probation. >>> anderson received six months supervised probation. air a woman who injected potentially deadly substances. wjz is live in federal court. mike hellgren with more on the sentence and reaction to it. mike? >> vic, she says she was just trying to feed her family and told the judge she accepted responsibility. in addition to those three years, she get a $25,000 fine, far less than the $2 fifty,000 fine the government wanted. can't say anything. >> she said she was just trying to get people to feel better about themselves. never realizing the danger. federal prosecutors say it was industrial grade. the kind used in paint and furnit
of his car, skidded out of control and died. police say speeding is to blame. >>> grading baltimore city schools. new numbers show a slight improvement in education. but there is still a long way to go. wjz is live. rochelle ritchie is at city school headquarters in east baltimore with the results. rochelle? >> reporter: well, denise, the results are mixed and show the challenges ahead. >> reporter: superintendent dr. andres alonzo reveals the results for the 2012 assessment test. the results not wad but -- not bad but not good. >> reporter: the numbers matter. and they matter tremendously. >> reporter: baltimore city school's numbers remain fairly dorm ant to last year. math scores in grades 3 through 8 are up two percentage points in 2011, where 62% of students scored a proficient or advanced. this year, an increase of just 63%. >> summer school last year was all about math. because we knew that math was the subject that we needed to make the progress. >> reporter: focusing solely on math. the scores for reading was decreased nearly 2% from 69% to just under 68%. >> for new entrants in
, wbaltv.com. it is now official, the baltimore city fire chief is getting a good sized pay raise in the contract extension. this is much to the dismay of the city firefighter union and at least to the elected officials. let's go live to city hall tonight for more on that story. >> the chief will get an 18% increase in pay, but let's put this in perspective. it will happen over the duration of his five-year contract. you have to give the fire chief credit for this fire deaths since 1938. he's established operation care to cut down on residents using ambulances as taxis and moving the fire department to a new computer dispatch system. >> our record of fire safety and the work he is doing is being recognized. >> the chief will receive a 18% raise in pay over the next five years. his current salary is more than $161,000 a year. the contract extension generated vigorous debate and protests at the city board vestments meeting. >> this increase is not negotiated with local 960. >> [inaudible] >> the firefighters' union zero did on the pay increase. comes as three fire companies face clo
a formal complaint. . >> the latest fatalities, all adults, occurred in baltimore city, wicomico, and montgomery county. many are asking, when is my power going to come back on? lowell melser joins us and i hope you have a couple of answers for us. >> i wish i had a magic want and could make it all better for folks, but unfortunately, that is not the case. as we speak, according to the b g e website, more than 213,000 people are without power in the area, but progress is being made. an example here in waverly within the last hour, a crew from upstate new york finish the majority of its work here. you can see debris left behind from a tree that was resting on a power line. the still appears to be some work to be done, as power has not been restored to this neighborhood, despite the progress that was made. workers told us earlier people just have to be patient. >> it is what we do. it is like a doctor gets out of bed in the middle of the warning to go deliver a baby because that is what he does. when there is a power problem, we respond. >> dave is one of 1400 utility members from
on traffic pulse 11. >> new this morning, baltimore city firefighters injured while battling a blaze. a fire crews arrived on the scene. there were battling the blaze when the ceiling collapsed, sending one firefighter through the roof. there is no word on his condition. one of those companies call to put out that fire was struck co. 15. a victim of city budget cuts. >> good morning. >> closures were supposed to take in fact june 30. there were extended until today because of the heat wave. that one on montfort avenue is expected to close today. the company is set to close october 1. the issue of closing these companies was hotly debated among city council. the plan ends the daily rotating closures. the union members argue that shutting companies down permanently would be dangerous for residents and firefighters. it is simply a reallocation of resources and not have a negative impact on response time. >> we have to identify where in the city can cover it. we have to identify a company and stick it out of the system. >> we need to have every resource available to us to protect them. we take a
... from... new york city... to... the... baltimore - washington area.../ when... the... a/c... seemed... to... stop working.../. crime... crime... and justice... reporter... joy lepola explains.../first on fox.../ as... temperatures... rose.../ so... did temper. tempers. ((pkg)) it all started after midnight on this bus headed from new york. nat pop some passengers recorded the ordeal on their cell phone. the trouble began... after a passenger asked if the air conditioning was broken.15:20 i was getting hot and sweaty other customers were taking there and fanning themselves after the driver was approached.... tempers flared. (corrina) 17:52 she was going down 95 and she was like ruur and it's a double decker. ford who underwent spinal surgery was jolted along with everyone else.(corrina) 17:37 i'm just sitting there going wow this is really crazy this is my first trip to manhattan never drove a bus there i always drove myself for reason's like this. it was the beginning of a long trip home. after getting back on 95.... the bus pulled over again
,000 without service. in baltimore county, more than 32,000 have no power. baltimore city, it's just under 20,000. and howard county has 4700 customers still without service. in all right now, 77,000 homes and businesses still need to have their service restored. maryland's heat wave continues right now. a heat advisory is in effect for most of the state. outside, it's sunny and hot. and for the eighth day in a row, the temperature is over 90 degrees. first warning weather coverage continues with bob turk, who is updating these pleasant conditions. >> unfortunately, i don't see a lot of that break coming until maybe next week. we have a break in the thunderstorms now. it's very quiet. just a few things up near west virginia. but we do expect to see things beginning to pop this afternoon. a few things showing up. not much to look at at this point. but i am concerned with all of this heat and energy in the atmosphere, we could see some widely scattered, severe thunderstorms tonight. probably between 5:00 and 9:00. most should be over by then. but there's certainly a possibility of some isolated
. >>> stunning allegations against the baltimore city firefighter. police say 29-year-old jamar simmons was running an online prostitution ring and illegal after-hours club. a second man is also charged in the case. simmons worked for the city fire department since 2000. wjz is gathering more information. we'll have a live report coming up at 5:00 and 6:00. >>> sounds like a terror plot from a movie. using remote-controlled planes, packed with explosives to blow up buildings. now a plea deal in the case. andrea fujii is following the story from the newsroom. >> reporter: resjuan ferduss is expected to plead guilty to two charges in federal court. he was arrested in september after undercover agents, posing as al qaeda members, gave him 24 pounds of fake c4, a powerful explosive. prosecutors allege he was going to pack remote-controlled airplanes with the c-4 and bomb the pentagon and u.s. capital. under the plea agreement, fairduss will spend 17 years in prison. >> defense attorneys say fairduss has a history of mental illness. >>> crews are getting to work replacing an aging water main
. this is a national problem. and i can tell you, people are outraged. >> reporter: baltimore city's crumbling system supplies the entire region including baltimore county and hartford county. many fear it is still not enough to keep up with the aging system. >> testified that she would like to see some sort of a trust fund established. this makes sense. we need to do this. >> reporter: back on light street, a temporary water system finally allowed businesses here to reopen. >> i'm shocked because it looks scary. >> anxious, scared, nervous. >> reporter: many wonder where and when will the next emergency strike? >> reporter: they're sticking to the three-week estimate to get it fixed, but it could shift defending on what they find when they get underground. >> the final cost for the light street repairs hasn't been tallied but is estimated to be in the millions. >>> firefighters strapped on their gears and hit the stairs today. they are in town for a firefighters convention. they started the daze honoring firefighters lost in the world trade center on 9/11. they ran a total of 110 flights and wore ph
of the deaths have been in baltimore city. five of them. and there have been about 60 heat-related emergency room visits every day throughout the state. >> reporter: even before the sun came up, it was a hot one. one of the longest stretches in maryland history, of temperatures above 95 degrees. for some, if you can't beat the heat, go full-bore into the sun. >> i'm not a big hot weather person. but you wouldn't be able to talk with me here dripping in sweat in the sun. >> it's irritating. >> reporter: for others it was time to hit the shade. the temperatures are rising. most of those who have died are men older than 65 who live in baltimore. >> people who have chronic illness, particularly heart problems, they do worse with the heat. and they do worse with every day of the heat. so you can see increasing problems and increasing deaths as the heat wave goes on. >> avoid alcohol. keep hydrated. and monitor yourself. monitor your body. but we can survive this well if we take the necessary precautions. >> i can't move any slower than what i'm already moving. [ laughter ] >> i find that i have n
just taken the test to become a baltimore city police officer. environmental officials at fort detrick say the army has no plans to post warning signs of potential chemical contamination in surface water near carroll creek. you're looking at video from last year during an 18-month investigation into possible cancer cases linked to previous chemical contamination. groundwater samples recently taken from area wells revealed higher levels of chemicals than what is accepted under federal drinking water standards. but officials say contamination isn't a health concern ....because people aren't drinking the water. 3 the ncaa is about to take unprecedented action against the penn state football program. aaday after the school decided to take down the famous statue of joe paterno.... many fans fear the ncaa is going to take down the entire program. program. joel d. smith is live in fell's point with reaction to the statue coming down, and a look at how tough the sanctions may be. good morning joel d.... (ad lib) patrice, penn state has the largest alumni association in the country...
. >>> this is wjz tv, wjz hd, and wjz.com, baltimore. >> from the city to the counties to your neighborhood, now it's complete coverage. it's wjz, maryland's news station. >>> deadly weather, scorching summer temperatures kill. >> tonight, the race to get power back on for thousands as the heat rises. >>> hello, everyone. >> here's what people are talking about tonight. >> a heat wave takes over maryland. today the sun sizzled with temperatures approaching 100 degrees, making it extremely uncomfortable to be outside. no electricity. tonight, late rainstorms knocked out power to hundreds of fragile homes that had just been restored. wjz is live with extensive coverage. let's begin live in north baltimore with the latest on just how deadly this weather has been. >> reporter: it's hard to believe it's been nearly a week since this storm hit and debris like this still litters the street with triple digit temperatures and power outages, eight heat-related deaths have been reported in maryland. medics rushed to help davis, he and wiz wife stuck in their sweltering apartment with no power. >> i had a heat
up... enforcement ...at... movie theaters...///. baltimore... city... and county police... say... people... will see more officers... patrolling... malls and movie... theaters...// theaters...// keith daniels live in north baltimore where some moviegoers are cautious.. keith 3 3 jeff... we're live at the rotunda on 41st street.. where that same "batman" movie that was tragically interrupted in colorado... is now showing. ........and tonight, police say if there's trouble.. they are prepared. prepared. at movie theaters across the country, where hollywood often imitates life.. there's word of a real life tragedy. (woman) "i think that was a random act of madness.." ......movie-goers at the landmark theater in downtown baltimore, reacting to that deadly shooting at a theater in colorado.(woman) "you go to a movie and you don't make it home. it's just tragic." baltimore city police ave posted an officer outside the landmark. the department says there's no information that suggests that an attack like what we saw in colorado would happen here....
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